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Graduate School Resources for Master's Students

Graduate School Workshop Series for Master’s Students

See what other master's students gained from the workshops:

Each semester, The Graduate School offers several workshops specifically designed for students in the school’s research master’s programs as part of the Professional Development Series. Master’s students are also welcome at most other events offered as part of the Professional Development Series.

Fall 2021 Events

  • Friday, August 27, 2021
    12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

    What Can I Do with a Graduate Degree? Identifying My Transferable Skills

    This workshop will help you identify the transferable skills you’ve already developed in graduate school or your postdoc experience, brainstorm opportunities to continue growing your skills, and connect with tools to help you plan for further development.

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Leveraging Your Strengths: A CliftonStrengths Workshop

    Using the CliftonStrengths assessment, this workshop will help you explore a new way to talk about your skills. We will investigate strategies for communicating your strengths to others, the challenges that your strengths might pose for you, and ways you can use information about your strengths to thrive in a team setting. Registration closes Monday, September 13 at 11:59 am.

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Leveraging Your Strengths: A CliftonStrengths Workshop

    Using the CliftonStrengths assessment, this workshop will help you explore a new way to talk about your skills. We will investigate strategies for communicating your strengths to others, the challenges that your strengths might pose for you, and ways you can use information about your strengths to thrive in a team setting. Registration closes Monday, September 13 at 11:59 pm.

  • Thursday, October 7, 2021
    12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

    Preparing Ph.D. Applications: A Workshop for Master’s Students

    If you’re considering applying to Ph.D. programs, join us for a workshop that will provide insight into the decision-making processes of doctoral admissions committees. Learn how to tailor your application to the institution and compete successfully in this workshop.

  • Friday, October 8, 2021
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    RCR Forum: Addressing Power Dynamics (GS716.03)

    Whether or not we work remotely, power dynamics are part of an academic setting. In this safe space, we will discuss hierarchy in academia, explore how to navigate situations with power differentials, and learn how we can help promote a positive work culture. Waitlist now available.

List of Past Workshops

Ten Professional Development Resources for Master's Students

Joy Javits facilitates an elevator pitch workshop for graduate studentsStudents in research master’s programs in The Graduate School can take advantage of many Duke programs and resources to support their career and professional development. Here are some of the top resources of interest to master’s students offered by The Graduate School and campus partners.

  1. The Duke Career Center is an excellent first stop, particularly for those students who are considering a summer internship. Get started with the Career Center’s guide to internships.
  2. Leverage the power of LinkedIn and the Duke Alumni Network to find alumni who may be able to help you grow your network and explore career options. Not sure which alum can help you? Try using the new Ask a Blue Devil tool.
  3. In collaboration with the The Graduate School, Thompson Writing Studio offers writing support for graduate students, including individual writing consultations.
  4. To seek funds for research materials and supplies or research/conference travel, apply for the annual Dean's Research Award for Master's Students.
  5. Students who will be working closely with a faculty mentor can benefit from the resources of the Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring website.
  6. The Professional Development Series focuses on transferable skills and the full range of career paths available to master’s- and PhD-prepared professionals.
  7. Teaching Ideas workshops focus on topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.
  8. The Emerging Leaders Institute, offered each spring, aims to increase participants’ competencies in communication, leadership, self-awareness, professional adaptability, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  9. The Professional Development Grant provides up to $2,000 for discipline-specific professional development activities hosted by departments and programs. Proposals are due October 15 each year.
  10. Read about your colleagues’ professional development and contribute a post of your own to the Professional Development Blog.

 

Contact

Melissa Bostrom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Duke University Graduate School
melissa.bostrom@duke.edu